Sister Réjane Cytacki, SCL, Executive Director
Sister Réjane is a member of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) of Leavenworth, Kansas. She has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and master's degrees in education and in earth literacy. Prior to joining A Nun's Life Ministry, she served as the executive director of the Racine Dominican Eco-Justice Center, and recently served on the Core Team for Giving Voice. Other previous ministries include being a campus minister at her community's University of Saint Mary, and an elementary school teacher for ten years. Sister Réjane enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, biking, and reading books.
Kelly Zlatic, Director of Operations and Finance
Kelly joined the ministry in 2014 as a consultant in the areas of accounting and online metrics. In 2018, she was hired full-time as the Development Officer and in 2021, she became the ministry's Director of Operations and Finance. Prior to her time at A Nun’s Life, Kelly served for several years as a staff accountant at Market Day Corporation, a fundraising firm, and at ATC Wegge Accounting. Kelly holds an MBA in Finance from Illinois State University, and a master’s in Nonprofit Administration from North Park University. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her two adorable children. In her spare time, she’s an avid runner, having participated in several marathons, including the prestigious Boston Marathon.
Elisabeth Deffner, Program Director
Elisabeth Deffner joined the ministry in 2021. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and German, minoring in Spanish, from the University of California, Irvine. She is a longtime contributor to national and regional Catholic publications. Her career has included stints as a marketing and communications consultant, the co-founder of a social media software company, and a communications professional for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Elisabeth is based in Southern California, where she lives with her husband and small quirky dog. She enjoys knitting, canning produce from her garden, spending time with her two children, and watching movies (especially unintentionally terrible ones).
Sister Maxine Kollasch, IHM, Consultant
Sister Maxine is co-founder of A Nun's Life Ministry and former Executive Director. She is a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) of Monroe, Michigan. She has master’s degrees in theology and in advertising. She is a presenter at regional and national conferences and has authored articles in a variety of publications about online presence for vocation outreach. Sister Maxine had extensive experience in Corporate Communications. She is an accomplished martial artist, an avid cyclist, and a history buff.
Meet the Board of Directors
Sister Jessi Beck, PBVM
Sister Jessi Beck is Vocation Director for her congregation, the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in Dubuque, Iowa. Based in Chicago, Sister Beck also serves as Technology Teacher at Our Lady of Tepeyac Catholic Grade School. She is currently in studies for certification as a spiritual director and retreat director. Sister Beck recently served on the Core Team of Giving Voice, a national organization of younger Catholic sisters.
Mrs. Julie Brown
Mrs. Julie Brown is the System of Care Project Director for the Family Resource Center. Based in Findlay, Ohio, she leads the Hancock County initiative to create state-of-the-art behavioral health services for youth and their families. She has extensive experience in nonprofit management, philanthropy, and accounting. Mrs. Brown became acquainted with A Nun’s Life in 2015 and later served as Director of Philanthropy. She is active on a number of local and county nonprofit boards.
Sister Jan Cebula, OSF
Sister Jan Cebula, OSF, is the President of the Sisters of Saint Francis, in Clinton, Iowa. She previously ministered as a legal aid attorney, a liaison for Global Sisters Report, and a teacher. She is committed to living and promoting active nonviolence and peacemaking, which is her community’s corporate mission. Sister Cebula has been a long-term advocate for social justice and part of the Catholic Worker movement.